Dodge – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:42:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 Loaded, Well-Preserved 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Asks $1.3 Million http://www.automobilemag.com/news/loaded-well-preserved-1971-plymouth-hemi-cuda-asks-1-3-million/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/loaded-well-preserved-1971-plymouth-hemi-cuda-asks-1-3-million/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:30:24 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1155802 This Plymouth ‘Cuda was loaded with just about every possible factory option back in 1971, and sold for a not-insignificant $5,291, but who could have predicted it would be listed 46 years later for a staggering $1,299,000? Only the most serious Mopar collectors can decide whether it’s really worth nearly $1.3 million, but that’s the...

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This Plymouth ‘Cuda was loaded with just about every possible factory option back in 1971, and sold for a not-insignificant $5,291, but who could have predicted it would be listed 46 years later for a staggering $1,299,000? Only the most serious Mopar collectors can decide whether it’s really worth nearly $1.3 million, but that’s the sticker price RK Motors Charlotte has on this original-condition muscle car with just 2,010 miles on the odometer.

The car was originally purchased by Zach “Dr. Zacho” Reynolds, the heir to the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco fortune. According to RK Motors Charlotte, Reynolds had an insatiable appetite for fast cars and motorcycles and virtually unlimited funds, which is what produced the Hemi ‘Cuda you see here.

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The car was ordered new from Ed Owens Chrysler-Plymouth in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Reynolds checked virtually every option box. Some of those options included a 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) Hemi V-8, A727 Torqueflite three-speed automatic transmission, Dana 60 rear end with Sure Grip differential and 4.10 gears, dual exhaust, a vinyl top, rear spoiler, rear window louvers, quarter panel sport stripes, Hemi fenders, black vinyl interior with split front bench seat, power windows, and an AM/FM stereo with cassette player just to name a few. RK Motors Charlotte touts this car as the “highest optioned Hemi ‘Cuda known to exist.”

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This also might be the best preserved example in existence, as the car is unrestored and completely original. It even has the original factory-fill fluids and 1970s air in the original Goodyear Polyglas GT tires. Part of Dr. Zacho and the R.J. Reynolds family legacy is included with the car, as the ashtray still contains the tobacco tycoon’s Winston cigarette butts. Exactly why this car is in such exceptional condition and has so few miles on the clock is unknown, but consider that Reynolds was a millionaire and probably had many other rides to choose from. Reynolds died in a plane crash in 1979, so he also didn’t have too many years to enjoy the car.

Other than the low mileage, what makes RK Motors Charlotte think they can ask more than $1 million? The seller points out that most people who ordered a ‘Cuda with the Hemi didn’t choose many other options, either because they were going to race and wanted as little weight as possible or because the big engine upgrade, which increased the ‘Cuda’s price by nearly 30 percent at $884, was all they could afford. If true, that makes this fully loaded Hemi ‘Cuda very rare.

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If it makes you feel any better, the current price is actually marked down from previous years. RK Motors asked $2.5 million for the ‘Cuda in 2012, and lowered the price to just under $2 million in 2014. Think you might take it home for $1.3 mill? Head over to RK Motors Charlotte for more details on this pristine survivor.

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Dodge Challenger Demon Performance Numbers Aren’t Quite Straightforward http://www.automobilemag.com/news/dodge-challenger-demon-performance-numbers-arent-quite-straightforward/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/dodge-challenger-demon-performance-numbers-arent-quite-straightforward/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:00:47 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1151902 Last week, Dodge unveiled the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon after what felt like a 20-year tease campaign detailing every little modification made to the Challenger Hellcat. Finally, we got hard facts. The street-legal Challenger Demon has 840 horsepower, comes standard with drag radials, and will allegedly beat every production car in the quarter mile....

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Last week, Dodge unveiled the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon after what felt like a 20-year tease campaign detailing every little modification made to the Challenger Hellcat. Finally, we got hard facts. The street-legal Challenger Demon has 840 horsepower, comes standard with drag radials, and will allegedly beat every production car in the quarter mile. It’s a middle finger to class, decency, and fuel economy standards. Dodge will build just 3,000 for 2018, all of which, we figure, will sell out almost immediately.

But before you get too excited over the Demon’s numbers and rush out to destroy your friends in their Mustangs and Camaros, be aware that you personally reaching its performance peak is far from a given. Rather, while the automaker made it clear this is still a street machine, attaining those numbers requires stripping the Demon of everything that makes it a normal car. According to Dodge, the supercharged Demon makes 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque*, will hit 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds*, run the quarter in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph*, and even pull wheelies*. Those asterisks, though, are what you need to take note of.

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Here’s how the Demon actually breaks barriers. First, owners in search of the ultimate times have to pay for the optional Demon Crate (pricing is yet to be announced), which comes with a host of goodies to ensure track dominance. You’ll need to swap the front tires out for the lighter, skinny, drag-specific wheels that come in the crate. You’ll also need to remove the front passenger seat and the rear bench — unless you didn’t check that option box for those seats when you ordered your Demon (both cost $1). Finally, you’ll need to fill up on 100-plus octane race gas, as the Demon “only” makes 808 hp on premium octane pump gas.

You’ll also need the optional Performance Powertrain Control Module (again, pricing is yet to be announced) that allows the driver to switch between normal pump gas (91 or 93 octane) and race fuel. Then, after you use the car’s line lock to heat the tires, you’ll need to prep the surface with VHT, which doesn’t come in the Demon Crate. VHT, for those not versed in drag racing culture, is a special resin used on the drag strip and the car’s tires to ensure you hook up with maximum force. Think of it as tire superglue.

After that prep, you’ll need to spend time adjusting the Demon’s Launch Control settings and tire pressures, which involves more than a few passes on the track until you figure out the settings that get you the perfect launch. A perfect launch, of course, depends on a host of other variables including elevation, humidity, track temp, engine temp, tire temp, wind speed, etc.

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Something else to be aware of: If you do manage to run the claimed 9.65-second quarter mile, you’ll probably have to leave that particular drag strip. That is because, according to the NHRA rules adhered to by almost every drag strip across the country, any car that blitzes the quarter mile in less than 9.99 seconds or passes the trap faster than 135 mph is required to have a roll cage and window net — both of which are not included with the Demon. So if you want to really take advantage of the Dodge on the strip, you’ll need to have those items installed.

It is understandable why Dodge didn’t install a roll cage, as without proper driver-safety equipment (i.e. helmet, HANS, multi-point harness) the company could be liable for injuries sustained in crashes or other incidents where drivers injure themselves on the hard surface of the roll bars, as evidenced by the multitude of online testimonials of consumers adding roll cages to their daily drivers and injuring themselves in accidents.

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Even without the Demon Crate’s skinny tires, or fueling it up with race gas, Dodge says the standard 808-hp setting on the Challenger SRT Demon is good enough to allow the car to blow through the quarter-mile trap at 9.90 seconds — likewise without the front passenger and rear seats — still too quick under the NHRA’s rules for cages and nets.

Putting drag-racing technologies into a street car is an interesting engineering exercise and illustrates the freedom Dodge’s engineers enjoy, and the Demon is undeniably interesting, especially thanks to its air-conditioned engine cooling system. The performance Dodge achieved is remarkable — but just know that if you hope to do the same, it’s not quite simple as driving straight from your dealer’s lot to the local racetrack.

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Dream Theater: LS1-Swapped 1927 Dodge with Hand Controls http://www.automobilemag.com/news/dream-theater-ls1-swapped-1927-dodge-hand-controls/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/dream-theater-ls1-swapped-1927-dodge-hand-controls/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:00:05 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1152577 Hot rods come in all shapes and sizes. There are clean muscle cars, pristine vintage pre-war examples, and clapped-out rat rods that appear to be rolling death traps. This 1927 Dodge is more of the latter than the former. Built by Corey Caouette of Lunch Money Garage down in Huntington Beach, California, this rat rot...

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Hot rods come in all shapes and sizes. There are clean muscle cars, pristine vintage pre-war examples, and clapped-out rat rods that appear to be rolling death traps. This 1927 Dodge is more of the latter than the former. Built by Corey Caouette of Lunch Money Garage down in Huntington Beach, California, this rat rot not only features a 100 shot of Nitrous, but also hand controls that allows Corey to drive the car and rip sick burnouts.

Built on a scant $6,500 budget in Corey’s garage, the rat rod doesn’t feature many of the traditional parts found on other hot rod builds. There’s no fancy chrome, name brand parts, or anything you’d find on a concourse car. Rather, according to Corey, most of the parts are cheap Chinese bits he found on eBay. The goal wasn’t to create something perfect, but to create something cheap and fun and that could roast its 235-section tires from today until tomorrow.

The engine responsible for all that tire destruction is an aluminum-block Chevrolet LS1 small-block that’s been given a new set of heads, cams, bearings, new fuel rails, pistons, rods, and a Holley intake — likely the only name brand part on the car. The headers are actually flipped upside-down to get them to clear the car’s open engine compartment. These were also a cheap eBay find as they only cost Corey $160.

As mentioned earlier, the car was originally was a 1927 Dodge three-window coupe, not the truck it is now. The rear was swapped for a 1935 Dodge truck that now houses the Nitrous system. As for the front radiator shroud, that’s from a Ford. However, possibly the coolest (and sketchiest) part of the truck is its disc brake shrouds, which come not from a junkyard, parts catalog, or any normal place for hot rod parts;  rather, they could’ve come from Crate & Barrel as they’re cut and welded stainless steel pots.

Corey not only rips killer burnouts in his Dodge, he also drag races it and even drives it around town. The car supposedly makes 400 horsepower at the rear wheels; with a curb weight of likely under a ton and a half, it has to be crazy fast. However, what makes this Dodge truly special are its hand controls that allow Corey to drive the car without the use of his legs.

Fabbed up by the man himself, Corey’s hand controls are elegantly simple. Push the forward stick to brake both front and rear, squeeze for gas, steer. And that’s about it. The only time Corey’s hand is off the wheel is when he shifts the two-speed Power Glide transmission from first to second. It’s an amazing piece of ingenuity.

Check out the video below of Corey giving The Hoonigans a walk-around of the car and watch him shred tires like the best Formula Drift driver.

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Dream Theater: Watch a 2017 Dodge Viper ACR Drift in a Miami Heist Film http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-a-2017-dodge-viper-acr-drift-through-miami/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/watch-a-2017-dodge-viper-acr-drift-through-miami/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:10:56 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1151647 After five generations, production of the Dodge Viper has ended. The V-10-powered rear-drive American sports car is no more, but Pennzoil is sending it off with a bang. To celebrate the icon, the lubricant company released a new video called “The Last Viper,” which shows the car tearing through the streets of Miami, Florida. The...

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After five generations, production of the Dodge Viper has ended. The V-10-powered rear-drive American sports car is no more, but Pennzoil is sending it off with a bang. To celebrate the icon, the lubricant company released a new video called “The Last Viper,” which shows the car tearing through the streets of Miami, Florida.

The video begins in a warehouse where an electronic dollar bill counter flips through C-notes next to a newspaper article offering a reward for the return of the last Viper built — the Pennzoil Yellow Dodge Viper stored in the same warehouse. A burglar, who appears to be the same character from Pennzoil’s “Joyride” videos, watches the operation from a window on the roof.

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The next scene shows the Viper’s dramatic escape from the warehouse, after which it drifts out of the port onto a bridge and back into town. As night falls, the last Viper gets closer to Miami.

Dodge built five special-edition Viper models to send its iconic sports car into automotive heaven. Four of the five special-edition models were based on the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR, including the Viper 1:28 Edition ACR, GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, Viper VooDoo II Edition ACR, Dodge Dealer Edition ACR, and finally the Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC — the only one not based on the ACR model.

So how does Pennzoil’s “The Last Viper” end? Check out the video below to find out.

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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Arrives with 840 Horsepower for the Track http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon-arrives/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon-arrives/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:30:35 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1149191 NEW YORK, New York — First is the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s favorite word: first production car to pull a wheelie, first production car with a transmission brake, first production car with a front passenger seat delete, first production car with AC-cooled intake air. It’s fitting for a car built from the ground up...

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NEW YORK, New York — First is the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s favorite word: first production car to pull a wheelie, first production car with a transmission brake, first production car with a front passenger seat delete, first production car with AC-cooled intake air. It’s fitting for a car built from the ground up to make mincemeat of the quarter mile and any production car that dares to line up against it. With all of these firsts, you’ll have nothing but excuses if you finish second.

But Dodge has done everything in its power to make sure that doesn’t happen. The red-painted supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI under the largest-ever functional production hood scoop (45.2 square inches) wears a 2.7-liter supercharger to generate 14.5 psi of boost on its way to 808 horsepower and 717 lb-ft of torque on premium gas and a wicked 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque on high-octane race fuel. Dodge says it’s the highest horsepower V-8 ever put into a production car. Compared to the Hellcat, the Demon gets a 0.3-liter larger supercharger, 2.9-psi higher maximum boost pressure, a 300-rpm higher redline (now 6,500 rpm), two dual-stage fuel pumps instead of one, and three sources of intake air (Air-Grabber hood, Air-Catcher headlamp, and an inlet near the wheel liner).

Pair that brawny engine with the trans brake and SRT Torque Reserve system, which spins up the supercharger and increases engine air flow before launch, and you get what Dodge claims is the fastest  0-60 mph time of any production car at 2.3 seconds. That launch will produce the most acceleration g-force of any production car, enough to lift the front wheels into the air for a Guinness World Record 2.92 feet. Keep your foot down and the Demon will set the fastest production car quarter-mile time in 9.65 seconds and 140 mph, as certified by the National Hot Rod Association. But you won’t be able to test that theory in competition — the NHRA has already banned the Demon for being too fast.

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If all of this sounds more like a factory-built drag race package car, like the COPO Camaro or Dodge’s own Drag Pak Challenger, than a street car, you’re paying attention. But the Demon isn’t a track-only special. It’s street legal, comes with a three-year/36,000-mile vehicle warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain one, and can run on either 100-octane race gas or 91-octane pump gas at will when fitted with the optional Direct Connection engine controller. It comes from the factory on 315/40 Nitto drag radials wrapped around 18×11-inch wheels, but despite providing 40 percent more grip at launch than the Hellcat’s tires, they’re street-legal, as well. Dodge also went for a square wheel/tire setup so that once you put the skinnies on the front at the drag strip, you’ve got another set of drag radials for the rear.

The interior, however, has been so thoroughly optimized for the drag strip that you won’t be able to bring any passengers along for the thrill ride — the front and rear passenger seats have been deleted to save weight. Fortunately, you can option them both back into the car for $1 each, but you’ll give up 113 lbs of the Demon’s weight reduction to do so (58 lbs for the front passenger seat and seat belt, 55 lbs for the rear seat, restraints, and floor mats).

Even the suspension has been optimized for the strip, maximizing weight transfer to the rear wheels, with 35 percent softer front springs and 28 percent softer rear springs, as well as softer, lighter (now hollow) anti-roll bars, 75 percent lower rate up front and 44 percent lower rate in the rear. Combined with the Bilstein Adaptive Damping shocks, the system improves traction at the rear of the Demon by 11 percent. Still, to get the most out of the Demon’s hole shot, you’ll want to activate Drag Mode, which tweaks the rebound and compression settings at each end and disables the traction control system while keeping stability control engaged. The transmission is also recalibrated for optimized acceleration (the TransBrake feature is only available in Drag Mode, and the torque converter lockup point is raised), the paddle shifters are turned on, steering assist is tweaked to maximize high-speed stability, and cabin cooling is diverted to the SRT Power Chiller system. Drag Mode holds that configuration as long as the car is at wide open throttle.

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The Demon will also offer line lock, enabling easier burnouts — either stationary or rolling. The line lock feature disengages after 400 rear wheel revolutions. Delve into the console-mounted 8.4-inch screen’s menus and you’ll find Performance Pages, which allows the driver to set an rpm-adjustable launch control function, as well as adjustable shift lights (with customizable settings for each gear). You can even record the data from your runs down the strip. In addition to the customizable functions, Performance Pages also displays loads of useful performance data, including actual 0-60 mph time, 0-100 mph time, eighth-mile and quarter-mile ET and speed, peak g-forces, and full gauge readouts for just about every parameter you can imagine.

In addition to all this equipment and software, each 2018 Dodge Demon comes with a full-day session at Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving, a Track Tech Manual that covers all of the Demon’s performance enhancements, a log book for track times, and a copy of the car’s build sheet. For the true drag enthusiast, Dodge is offering the Demon Crate, a box of special equipment bearing the buyer’s name, and the car’s VIN and serial number. The Demon Crate includes:

  • Performance powertrain control module with high-octane engine calibration
  • Replacement switch module containing high-octane button
  • Conical performance air filter
  • Passenger mirror block-off plate
  • Narrow, front-runner drag wheels
  • Hydraulic floor jack with carrying bag
  • Cordless impact wrench with charger
  • Torque wrench with extension and socket
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Fender cover
  • Tool bag
  • Foam case that fits into the SRT Demon trunk and securely holds the front runner wheels and track tools

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be available in 14 exterior colors, with a choice of cloth or Laguna leather interior, when it begins production later this year at the company’s Brampton, Ontario assembly plant. Just 3,000 Demons will be built for the U.S. (and another 300 for Canada). Deliveries begin this fall.

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Judgment Day Coming for 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon http://www.automobilemag.com/news/judgment-day-coming-for-2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/judgment-day-coming-for-2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon/#respond Sat, 08 Apr 2017 18:45:57 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1148656 The 14th and final teaser video for the upcoming 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has been released ahead of the street-legal drag car’s 2017 New York auto show reveal. In the last teaser, the automaker shows the new Demon on wheels at an undisclosed Dodge test facility. The crate of tools and spare parts is...

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The 14th and final teaser video for the upcoming 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has been released ahead of the street-legal drag car’s 2017 New York auto show reveal.

In the last teaser, the automaker shows the new Demon on wheels at an undisclosed Dodge test facility. The crate of tools and spare parts is opened and the car is seen being prepped for a trip down the 1320-foot drag strip.

As night falls and the overhead lights illuminate the track, the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon stages up to the Christmas tree. Just before the lights drop a voiceover says: “You will always remember our name.” After the drag racer reaches the end of the track, the voiceover says: “And what we did here today,” as a time slip is printed.

For those dying to know what the time slip says, we feel your pain. After months of teasing, we still have to wait for the Demon’s reveal at the 2017 New York auto show next week. Stay tuned to automobilemag.com for the reveal as well as all of New York coverage next week.

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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Can Run on Two Types of Fuel http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon-can-run-race-gas-premium-fuel/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon-can-run-race-gas-premium-fuel/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1148141 The end is in sight for the seemingly endless barrage of 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon teasers. The second-to-last teaser before the Demon is finally revealed in New York is live, and it reveals the coupe will have two engine tunes for two types of fuel. Dodge says the Challenger SRT Demon is the first...

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The end is in sight for the seemingly endless barrage of 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon teasers. The second-to-last teaser before the Demon is finally revealed in New York is live, and it reveals the coupe will have two engine tunes for two types of fuel.

Dodge says the Challenger SRT Demon is the first ever factory production car designed to run on either 100-plus-octane fuel or 91-octane premium unleaded fuel. The car does so on demand, as there’s an available button in the center stack that allows the driver to switch from pump gas to race gas. You can find high-octane racing fuel at certain gas stations, speed shops, and drag strips.

The multi-fuel function is unlocked by a special powertrain control module (PCM) that’s shipped separately with the Direct Connection Performance parts in the Demon Crate. The PCM is calibrated for high-octane fuel and comes with a new switch bank that includes the high-octane button. From the factory, the Demon’s PCM is programmed for premium 91-octane fuel. Once the new PCM and switch bank are installed, drivers will have a race tune that’s optimized for the knock-resistant, high-octane fuel at the push of a button. The special PCM alters spark timing to get the most out of the race gas, and Dodge says drivers will see big gains in elapsed time at the strip.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon high octane fuel button

Mixing race gas and premium fuel in the tank won’t hurt the Demon’s engine, according to Dodge, but the high-octane function won’t work if the octane level is too low. The PCM monitors the engine’s knock sensors to determine octane level, and a message in the gauge display will tell drivers when the function is available. To feed the Demon’s supercharged Hemi V-8, two fuel pumps are used along with larger fuel injectors and a higher-pressure fuel rail. The 707-hp Hellcat gets by with just one fuel pump.

In addition to the ability to run race gas, the Demon is getting an Air Grabber intake system, Freon-cooled intercooler, and a torque reserve launch system. From the 13 teasers we’ve seen so far, we know the Demon will also get Nitto drag radials, a wide body, a TransBrake, drag-tuned suspension, and much more. There’s just one teaser left before the big reveal next week at the New York auto show, where we’ll finally learn everything we want to know about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Stay tuned.

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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Gets Chilly http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon-chills-charge-air-with-ac/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon-chills-charge-air-with-ac/#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:30:57 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1144896 Today marks a cool dozen teaser videos showcasing the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon coupe’s drag-racing-focused, factory-equipped features. The street-legal drag car will feature another production car first: a liquid-to-air charge air cooler chiller system. Unlike conventional air-to-liquid intercoolers that use non-evaporative warm or hot antifreeze cycled through a radiator to cool the charge air...

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Today marks a cool dozen teaser videos showcasing the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon coupe’s drag-racing-focused, factory-equipped features. The street-legal drag car will feature another production car first: a liquid-to-air charge air cooler chiller system.

Unlike conventional air-to-liquid intercoolers that use non-evaporative warm or hot antifreeze cycled through a radiator to cool the charge air induction temperature, the Demon’s system uses evaporating R134a refrigerant from the car’s air conditioning system to cool the charge air. The AC system’s refrigerant has a higher potential to reduce intake air temps. Dodge claims the system can lower the intake air temperature by as much as 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The only drawback from this design we can see would be that the cabin air temperature would suffer while running the climate control inside the cabin. But as any drag racer – or any racer – knows, air conditioning is one of the first things to turn off before a race.

Last week, Dodge revealed that the 2018 Challenger Demon would receive the world’s first application of a TransBrake for a production car. Other unique features to the SRT Demon include a wide-body with drag radials, an after-run chiller, a larger cold air intake, and reduced weight via removing the carpet and making the front passenger and rear seats optional.

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Check out the 12th teaser video below and keep hanging in there as we wait for the tease to finally end on April 11 at the New York auto show.

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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Gets Factory-Installed TransBrake http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon-gets-transbrake-factory/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-dodge-challenger-srt-demon-gets-transbrake-factory/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:28:15 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1139318 Dodge is slowly and painfully eking out more information on the new Demon before it debuts next month. In its eleventh teaser, Dodge reveals that the Hellcat on steroids will feature the world’s first factory application of TransBrake for a production car. According to Dodge, TransBrake will allow the Demon to achieve launch forces previously unattainable by street...

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Dodge is slowly and painfully eking out more information on the new Demon before it debuts next month. In its eleventh teaser, Dodge reveals that the Hellcat on steroids will feature the world’s first factory application of TransBrake for a production car.

According to Dodge, TransBrake will allow the Demon to achieve launch forces previously unattainable by street legal production cars. It locks the output shaft of the automatic transmission to keep the car stationary until it’s ready to go. Instead of launching the vehicle with one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator, drivers can simply use the steering wheel paddle shifters, a method that’s said to improve reaction times 30 percent over foot-brake launches. Working in tandem with Torque Reserve, TransBrake ensures brake-free launches up to 2,350 rpm, improves launch boost pressures by 105 percent, and increases engine launch torque by 120 percent.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon launch teaser

The feature includes a driveline preload process to make sure engine torque is applied through the entire driveline all the way to the rear wheels. Not only does this allow for full engine torque delivery, but it also prevents damage by decreasing component spike loads.

After eleven teaser videos, we now know the Demon will receive many features that have never before been available straight from the factory on a production car. Along with TransBrake, the Demon is also the first to receive drag radials and an after-run chiller from the factory.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be unveiled on April 11 ahead of the New York auto show.

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Just Listed: 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Convertible http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-dodge-challenger-hellcat-convertible-just-listed/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-dodge-challenger-hellcat-convertible-just-listed/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:47 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1138851 Dodge never made a Challenger convertible from the factory, let alone a Hellcat-powered Challenger convertible. Yet, here we are, staring at a gaping abscess where the Challenger’s roof used to be, witnessing a real, fully functional Plum Crazy Challenger Hellcat Convertible. According to the dealership website (yes, this Challenger Hellcat convertible is up for sale...

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Dodge never made a Challenger convertible from the factory, let alone a Hellcat-powered Challenger convertible. Yet, here we are, staring at a gaping abscess where the Challenger’s roof used to be, witnessing a real, fully functional Plum Crazy Challenger Hellcat Convertible.

According to the dealership website (yes, this Challenger Hellcat convertible is up for sale for an eye-watering $89,999) this is a “2016 Challenger Hellcat Convertible Limited Edition” with a custom leather interior, Cragar polished chrome wheels, and a functional power convertible roof designed by Droptop Customs.

While we were more than skeptical when we first came across this “interesting” amalgamation, researching Droptop Customs revealed that the first convertible Challenger project was originally shown at the 2008 SEMA show and was done in conjunction with Dodge itself, likely to gauge the feasibility of developing a production-based Challenger convertible. Obviously, a production convertible hasn’t happened, but Droptop Customs has continued to build them for clients, which has led to the Challenger Hellcat convertible you see here.

“All of our conversion projects are completed in-house,” says owner Jeff Moran on the company’s website, “Our facilities include complete metalworking, upholstery, painting, and fiberglass equipment, making us your one-stop destination for all your specialty convertible conversion needs.”

As for the Challenger Hellcat convertible above, not much is known about its retractable roof as there are no pictures of it up or folding to speak of. However, it appears to be a recent build as we’ve found that Droptop Customs, in conjunction with Iverson Customs, have begun building Hellcat convertibles with fully function retractable roofs only recently as evidenced by this video.

However, what isn’t known is how Iverson or Droptop strengthened the nearly 20-year old Mercedes-Benz-derived chassis. Two pictures give some idea, one of the engine bay with a new swap bar, and one of the trunk with a similar sway bar, but in our opinion, the Challenger’s chassis would likely need much more than two sway bars to keep the car’s torsional rigidity intact and able to absorb bumps and potholes without folding in on itself.

This Plum Crazy Dodge Challenger Hellcat convertible is currently for sale in Port St. Lucie, Florida with only 1,461 miles on the odometer at the Vero Beach Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram. So, who wants a convertible Hellcat?

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